“The skills fair was designed to educate and test staff on the skills required within their scope of practice. It’s not uncommon not to utilize a particular skill on a regular basis and practice is the only way to stay sharp. We know continuous improvement is beneficial for everyone. We made it fun with lots of prizes and giveaways. The tablet grand prize went to Ruthi Wagler, RN for participation. The Dietary Department setup a station of carnival like food, popcorn, pretzels, etc. to keep everyone energized,” commented Mike Thomas, Associate Administrator.
Future plans include the addition of ongoing educational classes including interpretation of arterial blood gas (ABG); capnography (the monitoring of the concentration or partial pressure of carbon dioxide (CO 2) in the respiratory gases) and rapid sequence intubation. “Monitoring our skill levels and providing on-going training opportunities is essential for our staff to continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients,” stated Thomas.